Post # 1
I know I probably want more than we can afford. Max budget is 3000, I would prefer all inclusive, I really really want to go somewhere that I can see native animals. And perferably mammals in a jungle setting. Maybe that’s a weird request.
Post # 3
@accorn: Maybe a place like Panama or Costa Rica? When I went to Panama we went into the jungle and saw a sloth (medium distance away), toucans and howler monkeys (far away) and leaf cutter ants (close). I know toucans and ants aren’t mammals, but they were still cool.
Or, if you want to be more sure that you’ll see animals, you could go to Barbados and go to the Barbados Wildlife Reserve. It’s like a zoo, but most of the animals are wandering around freely so it doesn’t feel like a zoo. Barbados might not be jungle enough for you though. Check out some of the pictures from the link to see whether that’s what you’re looking for.
Post # 4
I know you said “all inclusive and preferably a jungle setting” but have you thought about Alaska? I LOVED Alaska!! I don’t know of any all inclusives but it was such a great experience. The whale and sea lion watching, spotting moose, touring the national parks and spotting bears and other animals was so awesome. We also went kayaking and were up close with the beavers and their homes.
Post # 5
You might want to look at Brazil. 🙂 They have a lot of tourist all inclusives along their beaches, but I’m sure they must have some type of Amazon rainforest tour as well.
My fiance’s family have traveled to Brazil quite a few times and loved it (but they stayed at resorts on the beach.) I think Americans need a visa to go to Brazil though.
Post # 6
@Lemma: Barbados Wildlife Reserve sounds perfect! Barbados just seems to be more expensive.
@bobanna: Fiance had been to Alaska before and I don’t think I could convince him.
@BonbonBunny: A Visa? I wonder how hard that would be to acquire.
Post # 7
Costa Rica is a FANTASTIC place to see wildlife in its natural habitat with all of the nature hikes that you can do throughout the country. We were there a couple of months ago & participated in an excursion to an animal rescue sanctuary where we were able to interact with the animals (fed a banana to a kinkajoo, held hands with a howler monkey, hugged a raccoon, etc.!) & helped paint new cages for the rescue animals. It was one of the most personally rewarding travel experiences I’ve ever had!
Post # 8
It sounds like you should consider Costa Rica! Here is a place that is in it’s own private rain forest, great wildlife all around you. They only take up one couple at at time so they will work with your budget.
There is also a WIld LIfe refuge in Calif called ROAR. It is run by an actress named Tippi Hedron (mother of actress Melanie Giffith). For fundraising efforts they will let you come stay right on the reserve in a big tent and observe the animals with them. I think this one is a little pricey though.